Design Lab: Pink Cotton
Designs sprout in different ways. At least, with me they do. Years ago I was more inclined to start with sketches, and I was never too far from a sketchbook.
I’d begin with some image that came to mind and draw endless variations until I hit on one or two that I wanted to pursue. Some ancient relics from when I was in school. I’m so not showing you the dates on these:
I did make the teapot on the upper left. Didn’t like the finished piece as well as I’d liked the idea–the glaze came out funky and the whole thing was wobbly. I’m a much better handbuider than I am a thrower.
Rings that I didn’t make, but which related visually to other work I was doing with painting and ceramics at the time.
Hmmm…that’s a sketch I did eons ago and had completely forgotten about, but it relates directly to some pieces I’m working on now. Yes, I really made that discovery right this very minute while working on this post. I’m going to have to dig a bit more seriously through my old sketchbooks and see what else I can mine.
That’s one way my process works: Sketch, discovery, refinement —-> finished work or total disaster.
More often these days, and particularly with knitting, I start with the materials. What have I got to work with? What yarn is seducing me and making me wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it?
I have this:
Millefili Fine mercerized cotton, about 400 yards total. The color is just nuts, it’s so gorgeous. I thought about making a lace scarf or wrap with it, but the yarn doesn’t have enough elasticity to make lace knitting fun, and I don’t want to fight it. I want this yarn to want to be whatever I make with it.
What else have I got?
Okay, those two elements are going into the beaker together and I’ll let them simmer. At this point, I have no idea what’s going to emerge, or whether I’ll even wind up using them together.
That’s the other way my process works: Tiny seed of inspiration, trial and error, discovery —-> finished work or total disaster.
How does your process start? I’d really love to know.
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